Gompertz was previously director of Tate Media, and appeared in a show at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2009 called Double Art History. Gompertz has written extensively for The Guardian and The Times newspapers. He is the author of What Are You Looking At?: 150 Years of Modern Art in the Blink of an Eye.
He is the son of general practitioner Dr Hugh Gompertz OBE, and is a second cousin to Simon Gompertz, the personal finance correspondent to BBC News. He was born in Kent, and attended Bedford School. He did not take any A-levels.
Gompertz married Kate Anderson (daughter of Eric Anderson) in 1993 and they have three sons (born 1995, 1997 and 2001) and one daughter (born 1999).
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